How to be an Encouragement to Someone who is Sick – WikiHow

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from WikiHow

We all have been there, particularly the sick bed. You may know of someone who is currently in a situation where because of their health they may be bed-ridden for a day or two, and yet others are terminally ill, at any rate, you can bring along some joy and comfort along side someone who is not feeling so good, and here are some ideas on how to do so.

Steps

  1. Be thoughtful – When you find out someone you know is not doing well, or is sick, immediately determine what is the appropriate thing to do.
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      Empathy – put yourself in that persons shoes, even for a moment, try to place yourself in that person’s situation. Remember the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others to do unto you.

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      Be yourself – You are unique, and you don’t need to pretend to be Mr. or Mrs. Fix It, or Do it all or Got the answer for everything. Just be yourself – in fact many times people just need someone to be with them just so they can listen. Don’t pretend to know the answers, and sometimes, even if you do, its best to let them figure some things out on their own.

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      Be pleasant – You want to be as supportive and as comforting as possible. Pop a breath mint, smile, be calm, be listening. You want to lift their spirits up, not bog them down with gossip, or negative opinions.

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      Be considerate – Don’t waste their time, they may need to recover, or need rest, so do not over extend your stay or wear out your welcome.

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      Make them feel needed – Don’t lie to them, but make them feel as though they are missed. Sometimes asking them for their advice on matters helps them feel needed.

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      Offer your help – be ready to be inconvenienced if needs be.

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      Stay in touch – if they don’t want to, that is fine, you don’t need to. But on the other hand if they want to stay in touch with you, appreciate it and check in on him/her, see how they are progressing.

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      Are they bedridden for longer than a couple of days? What if they are severely affected with a disease such as m.e. Firstly, don’t give up on them. It will just make everything worse. Write colourful letters which they can stick on their bedroom walls? Pictures of their favourite bands? Nice smelling soaps? Think of them and write light hearted funny colourful letters, with lots of pictures:)

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